Editorial by SCMP Editorial
Okay-pop, South Korea’s major cultural export, has been revealed not as squeaky clear because it has been promoted. A snowballing intercourse and corruption scandal involving a few of the business’s largest names has shocked and disillusioned the worldwide legions of followers. It mustn’t have been a shock; the combination of massive enterprise and weak younger women and men is a recipe for exploitation, because it has typically been in fashionable leisure all over the place. Adulation for the bands and the share costs of the businesses behind them are struggling, however the largest loser is the nation, the pervasiveness in Korean society of discrimination, abuse and misogyny having been uncovered to the world.
On the centre of all of it is Seungri, singer of the group Massive Bang, and caught up are members of different bands which have introduced Okay-pop into the music mainstream. They’re variously accused of offering prostitutes for rich purchasers at nightclubs, drugging girls for intercourse, secretly making movies of sexual acts, watching and sharing pornography in chat rooms, and bribing police. Some have voluntarily give up the business and followers are calling on others to go away. The controversies are sucking in ever extra stars and have given contemporary impetus to the nation’s #MeToo motion towards sexual abuse.
have lengthy been packaged by South Korea’s male-dominated leisure
business as intercourse objects and scandals are usually not new. However a darker aspect than
may have been imagined has been revealed by the most recent offences.
Okay-pop’s followers are principally girls and the business and South Korean
authorities have promoted it as healthful and pure; the lurid accounts of
elicit spy cameras in restrooms, alleged rapes and movies of intercourse
with out consent have triggered outrage. The inequality of girls in Korean
society has been highlighted together with their abuse and mistreatment.
Moon Jae-in has understandably interceded, calling for a radical
investigation of previous and new scandals. The worldwide standing of Okay-pop,
which has quickly grown to a US$5 billion annual business, is
threatened. Scrutiny of the cash and energy on the root of the disaster is
good for the business and introspection is welcome.
However there additionally has
to be change for Korea’s girls.
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